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Amazon Recycles Excess Energy From Data Center To Heat Headquarters

By Brian Spaen

Amazon has been committed to reducing their carbon footprint. 50 rooftop solar systems will be installed on the corporation’s fulfillment centers by 2020 and they’ve dabbled into wind energy generation. Now they’re jumping into a unique way to use data centers. They're recycling the extra energy they give off and turning it into heat that they can use to warm up their Seattle headquarters. 

That's right: At their campus headquarters in Seattle, Washington, new facilities will be heated by the work local data centers put in. Interestingly enough, this isn’t one of Amazon’s data centers. It’s owned by Westin Building Exchange, and it creates enough heat for Amazon to capture and bring over to their neighboring building across the street.

The heat is piped over underground in liquid form to the Doppler tower, otherwise known as Amazon Tower I. Water temperature is at 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is enough to keep the pipes from freezing, but it’s not very comfortable. Therefore, water is segmented in smaller amounts that can raise up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Emergency water is stored in case Westin needs it.